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ESFRIEuropean Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures

What is esfri
What is ESFRI?

  • European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)

  • Launched in April 2002

  • Brings together representatives of the 27 EU Member States and the Associated States, appointed by Research Ministers, and one representative of the European Commission (EC)

Role of esfri

To foster an “open method of coordination” between different countries

stimulation role: to discuss the long term vision at European level and to support the development of a European RI policy

incubation role: to bring projects to a point where decisions by ministers are possible

Role of ESFRI

Operational structure
Operational Structure different countries


Executive Board

ESFRI Secretariat (EC)






*- e-IRG- ESF-

*RWGs may seek the advice of external experts if appropriate/necessary

The roadmap

Mandate from the Council of Ministers, different countriesNovember 2004;

The Roadmap, presented autumn 2006, is the result of two years of intensive work; about 1000 high-level experts were involved giving the end product credibility and quality.

It is the beginning of an ongoing process

The Roadmap

The roadmap 2

Addressing seven (7) fields of Research and major challenges

Thirty Five (35) projects identified

Research community produced ideas that will open up new and unexpected areas of knowledge

Some fields should be stimulated for further integration

The Roadmap (2)

Environmental sciences
Environmental Sciences



7 Projects






Who is the roadmap for

Policy Makers




Who is the Roadmap for ?

ESFRI welcomes the active role which the European Commission intends to play under the 7th Framework Programme.

More is to come

Implementation and update of the Roadmap:

some of the projects will be in place already next year

Strengthening the European Research Area:

Research Infrastructures as majorcornerstones

Continuation of the ESFRI work:

ESFRI encourages constructive debate

More is to come

Two activities for the 4 rwgs e infra crosscut outlook

Ongoing activity: help ESFRI implementing the present Roadmap:

–Advice on best approaches

–Report on bottlenecks and initiatives

–Anything to be updated….or dropped?

Specific activity: the first update of the Roadmap:

–Update and define better the landscape

–Evaluate proposals transmitted by ESFRI

–Give advise on improvements: use of e-Infrastr?

Wherever possible: use existing international organizations + existing studies.

Two activities for the 4 RWGs(+ e-Infra crosscut-outlook)

Timeline update of the roadmap
Timeline, update of the roadmap Roadmap:

Finalisation of all documents

Submission of proposals

Consensus report in RWG

Evaluation on of proposal

Draft roadmap report

Publication & press

Second draft

Activity report



July 2008

Oct 2008

Sept 2008



Useful links and contacts

ESFRI: Roadmap:

E-irg Group:

E-Mail contact: [email protected]

Useful links and contacts